State grants help to reduce bushfire risk

Shire of Mundaring will receive $500,000 from the State Government to help reduce bushfire risk this summer.

Mundaring is one of 26 local governments from the Great Southern, Goldfields, Pilbara and Perth areas to benefit from the latest Mitigation Activity Fund grants program round.

Announcing the funding today, Emergency Services Minister, Reece Whitby, said the grants would help local governments conduct more than 1,100 mitigation activities in high bushfire-risk areas
on State-owned land, including mechanical treatments to reduce fuel levels, the creation of firebreaks and planned burns.

Shire of Mundaring President, Cr John Daw, welcomed the funding, which will support 11 bushfire mitigation activities in several localities.

"The activities include prescribed burns and upgrades to firebreak and are part of the overall, programmed long-term Bush Fire Risk mitigation strategies for the Shire," he said.

Cr Daw said the first step would be to undertake consultation with relevant community groups with knowledge about the identified priority locations.

"Once consultation has taken place and informed the Shire's strategies, works will be scheduled according to suitable weather conditions and contractor availability," he said.

Minister Whitby added that although it could not stop every bushfire, the State Government was committed to doing everything it could to support local governments to reduce the risk.

"Bushfires in the WA landscape are a reality and the Mitigation Activity Fund grants program helps local governments prepare for that possibility," he said.

Funding for mitigation activities has been available to local governments with endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans since the program's inception in 2017.

 

Additional information:

Eleven activities have been funded in the Shire of Mundaring:

ActivityLocality
Upgrade fire
access road/tracks
Alps Reserve South, Mount Helena
Mechanical WorksBetty Street, Chidlow
Prescribed BurningKeenan Road and Frith Street, Chidlow
Prescribed BurningRiley Road, Osborne Street, Stretch Road, Mount Helena
Firebreak(s)  Strettle and Brooking Roads, Mahogany Creek
Mechanical WorksWildberry Drive, Parkerville
Firebreak(s)  Smith Street, Glen Forrest
Firebreaks(s)Walker Street and Digby Way, Mundaring
Firebreak(s)Walker Street and Digby Way, Mundaring
Upgrade fire
access road/tracks
Walker Street and Digby Way, Mundaring
Upgrade fire
access road/tracks
Walker Street and Digby Way, Mundaring



20/07/2021
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